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Authentic Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe With Coconut Milk

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Authentic Thai peanut sauce recipe with coconut milk, your new go-to for that creamy, sweet, and nutty goodness. It’s so easy to whip up, and you can use it for EVERYTHING – as a salad dressing, for fresh spring rolls, for peanut noodles, or simply drizzle it over steamed jasmine rice. So, so good!

Authentic Thai peanut sauce with coconut milk in a black spoon on a wooden background, garnished with roasted peanuts and fresh cilantro.

Make sure to try my authentic Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce and these healthy Thai shrimp rolls with peanut sauce!

What is Thai peanut sauce

Thai peanut sauce is a rich condiment made from roasted peanut sauce, coconut milk, and Thai spices. It’s a balance of sweet, savory, and subtly tangy and spicy notes that’s commonly used in dishes like satay and salads.

Authentic Thai peanut sauce

Try this homemade Thai peanut sauce recipe, trust me, it’s the best you’ll ever taste. It’s perfected by my Thai grandmother, it’s our secret family recipe.

Use it as a vegan dipping sauce, it pairs fantastically with fresh vegetables! Meat lovers can pair it with grilled chicken, it’s great with all meats really.

Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce accompanied by a fresh cucumber salad.
Thai peanut sauce served with grilled chicken satay.

This recipe is made with natural roasted peanuts, without a trace of peanut butter, as any authentic Thai peanut sauce recipe should be.

The kick of massaman curry paste brings a spicy peanut sauce that’s just right – not too mild, nothing too wild.

Drizzle or drip, this sauce is so versatile! It’s perfect over a bed of fresh green or a cozy bowl of noodles.

Pork satay dipped in homemade peanut sauce with visible chunks of peanuts for a Thai appetizer.

And the texture is unlike anything store-bought. This homemade dip is loaded with finely ground, roasted peanuts that add crunch to every bite.

More about this authentic dipping sauce

Let’s talk flavors. This irresistible peanut sauce strikes the perfect balance with its creamy texture and a gentle note of spice from the massaman curry paste.

Every ingredient is a nod to authentic Thai cuisine.

Growing up in Belgium, I tried lots of Thai food in local Thai restaurants. I’ve encountered all sorts of crazy twists on peanut sauce – some too salty, others too spicy, and a few that were overly sour.

I adore a good kick of heat, but let’s set the record straight: authentic Thai peanut sauce isn’t about the burn; it’s about the balanced blend of flavors.

Stick to the recipe, and you’re on the way to creating the most authentic, crowd-pleasing dip you’ve ever witnessed!

Ingredients

For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.

Ingredients for Thai peanut sauce displayed on a banana leaf, showcasing coconut milk, palm sugar, garlic, shallots, roasted peanuts, tamarind sauce, and massaman curry paste.
  • Massaman curry – This aromatic blend of spices is the secret to a rich, complex flavor profile. It’s available at any Asian grocery store or larger supermarkets.
  • Dry roasted peanuts – Dry roasted, ground peanuts are the heart of this peanut sauce. Roasting them at home ensures a fresh flavor and makes the sauce fragrant, with peanut crumbles that lend a satisfying crunch.
  • Coconut milk – Gives the sauce a creamy, velvety texture. Always opt for high-quality full-fat coconut milk, like the “Aroy-D” brand we used in our restaurant.
  • Palm sugar – Palm sugar has subtle caramel notes and is a healthier sweetener than white sugar. It adds depth to our dishes, and it’s a staple in Thai kitchens for adding sweetness and richness.
  • Flavor seasoning (RosDee) Rosdee flavor seasoning is a Thai flavor enhancer that heightens the taste and aroma of any dish like soups or stir-fries, and even this peanut sauce.
  • Tamarind sauce – Tamarind sauce adds a sour note that should only be slightly present.
  • Shallots – The secret in my grandmother’s recipe, these add a natural sweet, yet sharp essence that truly sets this sauce apart from the rest.
  • Garlic – An essential for infusing the dip with pungent aromas and that punch of flavor that garlic is known for.
  • Salt – Salt is my go-to for the salty flavor, chosen over fish sauce to keep the flavors balanced.

Cooking instructions

  1. Crushed roasted peanuts in a mortar.

    Begin by dry roasting the peanuts to a golden hue, then lightly crush them with a mortar and pestle.

  2. Blended mixture of garlic and shallots in a food processor.

    Purée the garlic and shallots into a smooth mixture.

  3. Garlic and shallots frying in oil in a black pan, the start of this Thai peanut sauce recipe.

    Warm a saucepan over a medium heat and swirl in oil. Sauté the puréed garlic and shallots until they emit a delicious aroma.

  4. Massaman curry paste sautéed with roasted peanuts in a saucepan.

    Add the massaman curry paste and let it sizzle for about 2 minutes, unlocking its spices.

  5. Pour in the coconut milk, add flavor seasoning, tamarind, palm sugar, and salt. Simmer until the sugar has fully melted and the sauce bubbles up again.

  6. Simmering Thai peanut sauce in a pot, showing a smooth, creamy texture with peanut crumbles on top.

    Finally, sprinkle in the toasted peanuts, give the sauce a final stir, and allow it to thicken slightly before taking it off the heat.

Kitchen tools

  • Saucepan with a spoon for simmering all the ingredients together into one nutty sauce.
  • Food processor to blend the garlic and shallots into a fine paste.
  • Clay mortar and pestle for crushing the roasted peanuts.
  • Measuring spoons and cups

How to serve

Thai peanut sauce is incredibly versatile and can level up lots of dishes with its creamy, savory, and subtly sweet profile.

Serve as a dip

  • Fresh spring rolls: A perfect match – crisp vegetables with the creamy sauce.
  • Raw vegetables: Cucumber stacks, carrots, bell peppers, etc.
  • Satay skewers: A classic. Serve the sauce as a dip for chicken, moo ping (pork skewers), or beef satay skewers.

Salad dressing

  • Vegetable salads: Drizzle over a Thai-style salad or like mango salad or a simple cabbage slaw.
  • Cold noodle salads

sauce

How to store and reheat

Thai peanut sauce lasts up to a week, stored in an airtight container like a mason jar in the fridge.

It’s ideal to make in advance for your next party.

Reheating instructions: Reheat on the stove top over low heat. If it thickens in the fridge, a little water or coconut milk will bring back the perfect consistency.

Frequently asked questions

What does Thai peanut sauce taste like?

Thai peanut sauce is a well-balanced blend of flavors: it’s creamy with a nutty base, complemented by a sweet note from palm sugar, and a tangy hint of tamarind. It has a slightly spicy undertone from curry paste, but not overwhelming, and a savory depth from seasonings.

What to make with Thai peanut sauce?

Thai peanut sauce can be used as a dip for satay or spring rolls, a salad dressing for salad or noodle bowls, a sauce for stir-fries, and it pairs great with any type of grilled meat.

Is Thai peanut sauce spicy?

The spiciness of Thai peanut sauce varies on the recipe, but traditionally, it has a low heat. The spice level can be adjusted to taste through the amount of curry paste or curry powder used.

What is in Thai peanut sauce?

Authentic Thai peanut sauce includes roasted peanuts, coconut milk, palm sugar, tamarind, and a variety of spices. It does not include peanut butter.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Totally! This sauce keeps well for up to a week in the fridge in an airtight container.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this Thai peanut sauce is gluten-free. However, always double-check your store-bought ingredients.

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Authentic Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe With Coconut Milk

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 20 mins
Servings: 4 Calories: 123

Description

Try this rich, nutty, and perfectly flavored homemade Thai peanut sauce. It's ideal for dipping, drizzling, and dressing up your favorite dishes.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Begin by dry roasting the peanuts to a golden hue, then lightly crush them with a mortar and pestle.

  2. Purée the garlic and shallots into a smooth mixture.

  3. Warm a saucepan over a medium heat and swirl in oil. Sauté the puréed garlic and shallots until they emit a delicious aroma.

  4. Add the massaman curry paste and let it sizzle for about 2 minutes, unlocking its spices.

  5. Pour in the coconut milk, add flavor seasoning, tamarind, palm sugar, and salt. Simmer until the sugar has fully melted and the sauce bubbles up again.

  6. Finally, sprinkle in the toasted peanuts, give the sauce a final stir, and allow it to thicken slightly before taking it off the heat.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 123kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.5g10%
Saturated Fat 1.06g6%
Total Carbohydrate 14.31g5%
Dietary Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugars 8.22g
Protein 4g8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Note

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Flavor seasoning - Rosdee is a Thai flavor enhancer, often used in Thai cuisine to enhance the overall flavors. It's available at any Asian grocery store or market.
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About Author

Praew

I owned my own Thai restaurant and have years of experience in various other Thai restaurants. I've been whipping up classic Thai dishes by my mother's and grandma's side since I was just a little girl. Now I'm sharing my deep-rooted passion with my authentic Thai recipes on this food blog.

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